Mods - I realize the title is political, but this is just information for people and is not intended to be a political thread. I would ask all respondants to stick with that intention when replying.
Okay, so the election is upon us and again there is talk of neither candidate being pro gun and what if Assault Weapons Ban Part II comes down the pipe?
First off, it's not going to happen on Nov. 7th, so don't panic. You don't need to rush right out and max out your credit cards before Christmas because you are going to "miss out".
He is the first step in a logical approach to owning one of these types of weapons should you truly feel the need and are scared you will not be able too in the coming future.
This is a lower receiver for the AR platform. There are 50 different styles of them out there if there is one. Everyone is banging out AR Lowers right now because the demand is high.
This is the only part of the whole rifle that, atleast right now, has to go through an FFL, thus a background check is required.
They range in price from the $80 neighborhood up to the $350 neighborhood depending on the look and construction.
The last time this type of legislation went into effect, anyone with a complete rifle purchase, or a lower receiver purchase, before the drop dead date was grandfathered in and was allowed to keep them. That meant that if you had a stripped lower receiver, even after the "ban" went into effect, you were still able to build it into a rifle after the "ban date" without penalty.
While this is no guarantee they would be grandfathered in again, most people would agree that trying to go door to door to demand confiscation would be a really dumb move by anyone, so a grandfather clause makes perfect sense.
Now none of the other AR parts have to have any Fed involvement to be purchased and can be sent right to your house, or purchased at a local gun shop or gun show and walked right to your car.
At the top of this forum section there are several sticky threads that will show you how to assemble a lower, explain all the technical terms, and even show you a couple of builds that were done by people just like you.
There are no less than 2 dozen highly skilled members here who intimate knowledge of the AR platform and no shortness of desire to talk about them, so you will always have a source for your questions.
So in closing if you suddenly awoke with a nagging fear that there might be some looming legislation to keep you from owning an AR, please know that you do not need to take a second mortgage on your house, rob the kid's college fund or sell a kidney.
Shop around, find a lower you like, and purchase it for a DIY project as finances allow.
I hope this helps ease some fears -